Industrial action at Heathrow Terminal 5


Heathrow security staff to strike in May

Security staff at London Heathrow are set to go on strike for eight days in May as part of an ongoing dispute over pay.

The move, which follows recent strikes over the Easter holiday period, will see some 1,400 members of the Unite union, who are employed as security staff at Terminal 5, which is solely used by British Airways, walk out from 4 to 10 May (coinciding with the coronation of King Charles on 6 May) and then again from 25 to 27 May.

A total of 5,148 flights are scheduled to depart the UK hub during the strike period, of which 2,621 (51 per cent) are operated by British Airways, according to data from aviation analytics firm Cirium.

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said: “Strikes next month will cause further disruption to airport passengers but this dispute is a direct result of Heathrow’s stubborn refusal to make an offer that meets our members’ expectations.”
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